Procrastination Quotes

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Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
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Mark Twain
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Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
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Marthe Troly-Curtin (Phrynette Married)
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A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.
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Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967)
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Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.
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Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1))
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You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.
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Bill Watterson
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Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.
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Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
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You may delay, but time will not.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Procrastinate now, don't put it off.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone
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Pablo Picasso
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I'm learning skills I will use for the rest of my life by doing homework...procrastinating and negotiation.
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Bill Watterson
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I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.
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Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind)
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I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.
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Oscar Wilde
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I'll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.
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Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind)
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My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!
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Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)
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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
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Augustine of Hippo
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As much as people fail to admit it, procrastination is a form of laziness.
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Idowu Koyenikan (Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability)
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That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.
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Joan Didion
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A year from now you may wish you had started today.
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Karen Lamb
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Your Life Is Happening Right Now: Don't let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks. Your life is happening right now.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
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Abraham Lincoln
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I'm a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating. -Ella Varner
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Lisa Kleypas (Smooth Talking Stranger (Travises, #3))
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It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
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Leonardo da Vinci
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If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
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Rita Mae Brown
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The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.
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Winston S. Churchill
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Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day's success.
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Israelmore Ayivor
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Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.
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Denis Waitley
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A day can really slip by when you're deliberately avoiding what you're supposed to do.
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Bill Watterson (There's Treasure Everywhere (Calvin and Hobbes, #10))
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We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.
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Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life)
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Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow
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Gloria Pitzer
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The scholar's greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.
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Stephen King (11/22/63)
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Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.
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Shannon L. Alder
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My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, 'Just wait.
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Judy Tenuta
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the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.
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Dale Carnegie (How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry (Dale Carnegie Books))
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Few understand that procrastination is our natural defense, letting things take care of themselves and exercise their antifragility; it results from some ecological or naturalistic wisdom, and is not always bad -- at an existential level, it is my body rebelling against its entrapment. It is my soul fighting the Procrustean bed of modernity.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder)
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Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday
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Don Marquis
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The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
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Alan Dean Foster
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If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.
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Susan Del Gatto
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I Have Not Yet Begun to Procrastinate" which was the quote on Bay's shirt from "First Frost
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Sarah Addison Allen (First Frost (Waverley Family, #2))
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Someday is not a day of the week.
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Janet Dailey
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Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.
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Holbrook Jackson
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The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
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Jessica Hische
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Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There's nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task
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William James
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There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today, and to live most fully today, we must do that which is of greatest importance. Let us not procrastinate those things which matter most.
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Thomas S. Monson
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Procrastination is not Laziness", I tell him. "It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.
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Julia Cameron (The Prosperous Heart)
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There are few sources of energy so powerful as a procrastinating college student.
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Paul Graham (Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age)
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Life won’t stop for your pauses and procrastinations. It won’t stop for your confusion or fear. It will continue right along without you. Whether you play an active part or not, the show will go on.
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Gary John Bishop (Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life)
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Inertia is so easyβ€”don't fix what's not broken. Leave well enough alone. So we end up accepting what is broken, mistaking complaining for action, procrastinating for deliberation.
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Justina Chen (North of Beautiful)
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Procrastination has become its own solution - a tool I can use to push myself so close to disaster that I become terrified and flee toward success. A more troubling matter is the day-to-day activities that don't have massive consequences when I neglect to do them.
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Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened)
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Doesn't reincarnation strike you as just another form of procrastination?
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Chuck Palahniuk (Lullaby)
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We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words β€˜Too Late’.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.
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Benjamin Franklin
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You can dance in the storm. Don't wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.
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Israelmore Ayivor
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β™₯"I'm a procrastinating underachiever at heart."β™₯
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Pete Wentz
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If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to Β­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.
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Hilary Mantel
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Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
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Steven Wright
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Absolutely not. I'm an expert in procrastination, but the last thing I want you to think is that I'm incompetent, too. Because I'm actually pretty good at what I do.
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Nicholas Sparks
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Giving up on our long-term goals for immediate gratification, my friends, is procrastination.
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Dan Ariely (Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions)
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Kools and Newports were for black people and lower-class whites. Camels were for procrastinators, those who wrote bad poetry, and those who put off writing bad poetry. Merits were for sex addicts, Salems were for alcoholics, and Mores were for people who considered themselves to be outrageous but really weren't.
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David Sedaris (When You Are Engulfed in Flames)
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As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly.
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Paul Rudnick
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I have not yet begun to procrastinate.
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Sarah Addison Allen (First Frost (Waverley Family, #2))
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Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. It is the universe's way of saying stop, slow down, you move too fast. Listen to the music. Whoa whoa, listen to the music. Because music makes the people come together, it makes the bourgeois and the rebel. So come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody try to love one another. Because what the world needs now is love, sweet love. And I know that love is a battlefield, but boogie on reggae woman because you're gonna make it after all. So celebrate good times, come on. I've gotta stop I've gotta come to my senses, I've been out riding fences for so long... oops I did it again... um... What I'm trying to say is, if you leave tonight and you don't remember anything else that I've said, leave here and remember this: Procrastinate now, don't put it off.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity, but it can be a resource for creativity.
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Adam M. Grant (Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World)
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Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice – now. Stop the excuses and the procrastination. This is your life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your spiritual program, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you’ll be vulnerable to mediocrity and feel filled with shame and regret, because you know you are capable of better. From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.
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Epictetus (The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness)
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Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters.
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Pandora Poikilos (Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out)
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It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind. -Algernon
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Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays)
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Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
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Bill Cosby
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Most conservatives also believe in the death penalty, but not abortion, which proves they like to procrastinate.
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Margaret Cho (I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight)
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The assumption of time is one of humanity's greatest follies. We tell ourselves that there's always tomorrow, when we can no more predict tomorrow than we can the weather. Procrastination is the thief of dreams.
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Richard Paul Evans (The Walk (The Walk, #1))
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Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
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Aaron Burr
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Procrastination expert Rita Emmett explains: β€œThe dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.
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Barbara Oakley (A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra))
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Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.
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James Surowiecki
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Perfection' is man's ultimate illusion. It simply doesn't exist in the universe.... If you are a perfectionist, you are guaranteed to be a loser in whatever you do.
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David D. Burns
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Think of your many years of procrastination; how the gods have repeatedly granted you further periods of grace, of which you have taken no advantage. It is time now to realise the nature of the universe to which you belong, and of that controlling Power whose offspring you are; and to understand that your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then, to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone, and never in your power again.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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Procrastinating is number three on my Stupid List. You still end up exactly where you didn't want to be, doing exactly what you didn't want to do, withe the only difference being that you lost all that time in between, during which you could have been doing something fun. Even worse, you probably stayed in a stressed-out, crappy mood the whole time you were avoiding it. If you know something is inevitable, do it and get it over with. Move on. Life is short.
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Karen Marie Moning (Iced (Fever, #6))
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Both positive and negative thinking are contagious.
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Stephen Richards (The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination)
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In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day - or to celebrate each special day.
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Rasheed Ogunlaru
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I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see the flaw in my thinking, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.
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Heather King (Parched: A Memoir)
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The longer I procrastinate on returning phone calls and emails, the more guilty I feel about it. The guilt I feel causes me to avoid the issue further, which only leads to more guilt and more procrastination. It gets to the point where I don’t email someone for fear of reminding them that they emailed me and thus giving them a reason to be disappointed in me.
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Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half)
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To those of us who often procrastinate on the decision we feel intimidated by lack of education or any area of weakness. I relieve you with this statement: It is not how much you know that arms you with the tools of great decision making, but rather how much you ask. Ask questions.
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T.D. Jakes (Making Great Decisions Reflections)
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One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
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The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.
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Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)
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Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.
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Paulo Coelho (Aleph)
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If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.
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George Bernard Shaw
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Never postpone until tomorrow what you can postpone until the day after.
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Raoul Wallenberg (Letters and Dispatches 1924-1944)
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Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
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Michael Landon Jr.
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If you believe you can accomplish everything by "cramming" at the eleventh hour, by all means, don't lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining
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Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead)
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Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal, while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before
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Herodotus (The Histories)
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The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don't just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed. Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work.
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Steven Pressfield (The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle)
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...you cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being.
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Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time: Easyread Large Edition)
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He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.
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Victor Hugo
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Who says you need to wait until you 'feel like' doing something in order to start doing it? The problem, from this perspective, isn't that you don't feel motivated; it's that you imagine you need to feel motivated. If you can regard your thoughts and emotions about whatever you're procrastinating on as passing weather, you'll realise that your reluctance about working isn't something that needs to be eradicated or transformed into positivity. You can coexist with it. You can note the procrastinatory feelings and act anyway.
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Oliver Burkeman (The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking)
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As a survival-happy species, our successes are calculated in the number of years we have extended our lives, with the reduction of suffering being only incidental to this aim. To stay alive under almost any circumstances is a sickness with us. Nothing could be more unhealthy than to β€œwatch one’s health” as a means of stalling death. The lengths we will go as procrastinators of that last gasp only demonstrate a morbid dread of that event. By contrast, our fear of suffering is deficient.
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Thomas Ligotti (The Conspiracy Against the Human Race)
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The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters. meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.
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AnaΓ―s Nin (The Diary of AnaΓ―s Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947)
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Why Dream? Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees. The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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From now on I hope always to stay alert, to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in Future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
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Ray Bradbury
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A Gift for You I send you... The gift of a letter from your wise self. This is the part of you that sees you with benevolent, loving eyes. You find this letter in a thick envelope with your name on it, and the word YES written boldly above your name. My Dear, I am writing this to remind you of your 'essence beauty.' This is the part of you that has nothing to do with age, occupation, weight, history, or pain. This is the soft, untouched, indelible you. You can love yourself in this moment, no matter what you have, or haven't done or been. See past any masks, devices, or inventions that obscure your essence. Remember your true purpose, WHICH is only Love. If you cannot see or feel love, lie down now and cry; it will cleanse your vision and free your heart. I love you; I am you.
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S.A.R.K. (Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day)
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At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: β€˜I have to go to workβ€”as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born forβ€”the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm? β€”But it’s nicer here… So you were born to feel β€˜nice’? Instead of doings things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands? β€”But we have to sleep sometime… Agreed. But nature set a limit on thatβ€”as it did on eating and drinking. And you’re over the limit. You’ve had more than enough of that. But not of working. There you’re still below your quota. You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you. People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it, they even forget to wash or eat. Do you have less respect for your own nature than the engraver does for engraving, the dancer for dance, the miser for money or the social climber for status? When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve? The essence of man is imperfection. Know that you're going to make mistakes. The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. Wake up and realize this: Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success. Achievers are given multiple reasons to believe they are failures. But in spite of that, they persevere. The average for entrepreneurs is 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business. When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic. Procrastination is too high a price to pay for fear of failure. To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway. Forget motivation. Just do it. Act your way into feeling, not wait for positive emotions to carry you forward. Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience. Life is playing a poor hand well. The greatest battle you wage against failure occurs on the inside, not the outside. Why worry about things you can't control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you? Handicaps can only disable us if we let them. If you are continually experiencing trouble or facing obstacles, then you should check to make sure that you are not the problem. Be more concerned with what you can give rather than what you can get because giving truly is the highest level of living. Embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you're not failing, you're probably not really moving forward. Everything in life brings risk. It's true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don't try anything new. The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically the more you risk failure β€” and actually fail β€” the greater your chances of success. If you are succeeding in everything you do, then you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough. And that means you're not taking enough risks. You risk because you have something of value you want to achieve. The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get. Determining what went wrong in a situation has value. But taking that analysis another step and figuring out how to use it to your benefit is the real difference maker when it comes to failing forward. Don't let your learning lead to knowledge; let your learning lead to action. The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying? Commitment makes you capable of failing forward until you reach your goals. Cutting corners is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline. Successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally. Nothing worth achieving comes easily. The only way to fail forward and achieve your dreams is to cultivate tenacity and persistence. Never say die. Never be satisfied. Be stubborn. Be persistent. Integrity is a must. Anything worth having is worth striving for with all your might. If we look long enough for what we want in life we are almost sure to find it. Success is in the journey, the continual process. And no matter how hard you work, you will not create the perfect plan or execute it without error. You will never get to the point that you no longer make mistakes, that you no longer fail. The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences that you cannot see on the surface. Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.
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John C. Maxwell (Failing Forward)